A furious husband is threatening to sue the Catholic Church following a bishop’s ‘obsessive relationship’ with his wife.
High-flying City banker Simon Hodgkinson said, despite proof of Bishop Kieran Conry’s affair with his wife Olivia, the clergyman continues to deny it.
Bishop Conroy, 63, last week resigned from his post as Bishop of Arundel and Brighton after admitting breaking his vow of celibacy, following an affair with a woman six years ago.
But his fall from grace was not enough for father-of-two Mr Hodgkinson, who claims his marriage collapsed after his wife’s fling with the priest last year.
He told the Mail on Sunday: ‘The thought of losing my wife to someone who has behaved so irresponsibly is awful.
‘He has abused his authority to the extent that he has allowed a married woman and mother of two children to sleep in his house and he has been completely blind to the emotional impact.’
Love letters were exchanged between Mrs Hodgkinson, 43, and Bishop Conry, in which he wrote:
‘It’s all right to say that Simon did bad things, but you knew that he didn’t love you.
‘You know (I hope) that I did. And I did, and do.’
Mr Hodgkinson wants to take the Church to the High Court to find out how much it knew of the bishop’s sexual relationships.
Bishop Conry has denied the relationship was physical.